At the second half of the 90s the Hungarian beer market went through important changes. Hundreds of Hungarian small breweries established in the beginning of the 90s had to close due to the appearance of the multinational companies. By the beginning of the 2000s less than a dozen breweries were still operating. For the Szent András Sörfőzde team it became clear that that the only way out of this situation is a combination of unquestioned vocation for quality in creating a real beer experience, following their own unique receipts on the one hand, complemented with their own bottling process on the other hand. This idea was reinforced by the 2006 study tour to Belgium, during which the idea of premium craft beer production was born.
Since there was no example of creating fruit beers of real fruits in Hungary it was a great work of nerves and perseverance.The Cherry Beer was prepared for about sixteen months, but it paid the time spent, as it turned into a great success on the market.
The first Főzdefeszt was organised in 2010 in Budapest in the name of “let’s save the Hungarian brewing”. This was the year since we’ve been talking about a craft beer revolution in Hungary; Szent András brewery and its team played a key role in bringing about this breakthrough.
József Simkó, founder of the brewery won the highly prestigious Imre Ujhelyi award, known as the ”Kossuth Prize” of the agriculture and food industry, acknowledging his two decades long work in producing and popularizing special Hungarian craft beers.
2014 was the year of complete renewal for the brewery. With the retirement of József Simkó, the legendary founder of the brewery a new generation take over his place. After the change the products of the brewery appeared in new design and homogenic corporate image. The reception of the new outlook was quite positive among the craft beer fans. The design industry recognised the work of the brewery with a prestigious award, the silver medal of the Gastro Design catering trade design competition.
József Simkó, the founder of Szent András Brewery received the Excellent Entrepreneur of Békés county Awards as a recognition for his work. The award was presented by the Békes county organization of the National Association of Entrepreneurs at the Príma Gala organised for the ninth time on 10 October 2014, in Békéscsaba.
The traditional bock beer of Szent András Sörfőzde, the Fekete (Black) received Golden Certificate for the fifth time at the X. International Beer Awards in Miskolc.
The Szent András Brewery won 1st Prize at Pakk Packaging Design Awards in “Label Innovations of Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages” category.
The Cherry Beer returned home with a bronze medal from the 25th jubilee Gold Brewer’s Seal Award (Pivni Pecet) from Tabor, Czech Republic.
The Szent András Brewery won Silver Blade at the most prestigious award of the Hungarian marketing professionals, the Gold Blade The new corporate identity of the brewery was awarded in Design solutions / Corporate and logo design category. The new corporate identity was designed by Kaméleon Reklám.
Szent András Brewery's Cherry Beer won silver prize at the international beer competition, World Beer Idol in the Czech Republic. There was only one award-winning fruit beer from this year's international selection: the Cherry Beer by Szent András brewery.
Szent András Brewery's Cherry Beer won bronze prize at the Czech Republic's most prestigious beer contest, the brewery's Vienna Lager “Óarany” also made its way among the finalists in one of the strongest categories at Gold Brewer’s Seal. At the prestigious beer contest held in Ceske Budejovice, the Czech Republic, out of the Hungarian contestants, only Szent András Brewery managed to win prizes.